Crest of the Blue Ridge in Henderson County is named for the Eastern Continental Divide, which runs diagonally through the AVA. Its defining features are climate and elevation. Warm days and cool nights during growing season produce ideal conditions for cultivating European vinifera and French-American hybrid grapes. The average elevation is 2,362 feet, marking a distinction from the rolling foothills to the east and south, and the taller, rugged mountains to the north and west.
Burntshirt produces a large selection of quality wines that have captured many national and international awards. Wines are made from 100% estate-grown grapes at two vineyards, which are among the highest elevation vineyards on the East Coast. The tasting room is popular with indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks 20 acres of grapevines, and often offers live music.
Marked Tree Vineyard is a small family vineyard/winery located between Mount Pisgah and Tryon Peak on the Eastern Continental Divide. Marked Tree’s focus is crafting estate-grown and locally sourced/produced North Carolina wines. Located on 60 acres of vineyards, orchards, and natural woodlands, Marked Tree Vineyard, inspired by trail marker trees, is a place to contemplate your path.
A wonderful pairing of traditional wines with 30-mile vistas from an expansive open-air tasting room at 3,000 feet in elevation atop Point Lookout Mountain. Point Lookout offers 10 dry and semi-sweet wines. Point lookout is also home to World’s Edge Meadery, which produces seven meads: wildflower and orange blossom, apple, raspberry, tropical fruit, chamomile and chai tea — all made with their honey wine; and has a coffee shop on site. Often has special events, food trucks and live music.
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards was the first winery in Hendersonville when it opened in 2011. The vineyards are on land that has been in the same family for nine generations. Wines reflect that rich sense of place. Guided tastings showcase award-winning wines made from 14 varietals of French vinifera grapes. Free live music is regularly available on the outdoor covered patio adjacent to the vineyards, along with a food truck. Be sure to check out their tubular wine tastings. Saint Paul is located in the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA.
We are small and purposeful in our mission. Our vineyard and winery are a family-run operation on land that has been farmed by the same family for six generations. Sawyer Springs produces vintages in small batches served in a rustic tasting barn.
Souther Williams Vineyard specializes in European vinifera and American Hybrid wines in our open air pavilion tasting room by our picturesque vineyards where the mountains meet the vines. Our goal is to provide world class wines in a laid back setting in the heart of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Enjoy a taste of Bordeaux in the Blue Ridge. Stone Ashe’s state-of-the-art tasting room rests on a bluff at 2,700 feet in elevation, surrounded by vineyards planted with vines cloned from Bordeaux. Stone Ashe chose the terroir of the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA to produce wines for the world stage using classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Riesling. Open to guests age 21 and up.